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Poster: jory2 Date: Sep 15, 2011 5:55am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Help Please

larus you wrote:
"I don't know that it is completely false. What I do know is that US copyright is determined by US law, not foreign law. And although works published after March 1st, 1989 enjoy automatic US copyright protection for many decades to come, the situation for works published before that date remains a murky mess where copyright notices, registrations, renewals and URAA come into play. The latter case is what most discussions on this board revolve around."

Granted the US only joined the Berne Convention in 1989, a country like Canada however has been a member since 1928. Like the US Canada has it's own Copyright Act, and is not determined by foreign law. Should a case of copyright infringement be brought against a member of the US by a Canadian copyright holder Canadian laws prevail larus.
The Canadian term(s) of "fair dealings" come into play, and not the more lenient "fair use" terms as describe in the US copyright act.
The US is a member of the WTO and the Berne Implementation act, therefore the US is obligated to respect the laws and recognize the copyrights of Works of authors from other signatory countries in the same way as it recognizes the copyrights of its own nationals.

Is it the laws that are murky? Or public perceptions of the laws? After reading what some people have posted in the forums I would argue that it's more public perceptions.

larus you wrote:
"Anyway, I only jumped in because I was under the impression that you thought the Berne Implementation Act of 1988 applied retroactively. Since you are actually well-versed in copyright and intellectual property and don't need any lecturing from me, I'll just crawl back under my favorite rock."

THANK YOU for jumping in! It was my understanding this website was intended to enhance the exchange of thoughts ideas and information.
Your thoughts are always welcome larus.